Public views sought on
proposals for a modern Sefton bus network
PEOPLE in Sefton have the opportunity
to comment on proposals to make the Town's bus network simpler and clearer from,
Thursday, 3 November 2016.
Proposals are available for view and comment online at
MerseyTravel.Gov.UK/BusReview, from 5pm,
on Thursday, 3 November 2016 until 9am on, Friday, 11 November 2016.
There will be 2 drop in events where members of the public can speak to
Merseytravel staff about the proposals and give their feedback. These will take
place on the following days:-
► Monday, 7 November, 9am to 5pm, Bootle Strand
► Thursday, 10 November, 10am to 3pm, Southport Railway
This follows events across Sefton in September
and October which saw over 1200 people attend and more than 800 offer their
feedback on their frequency and pattern of bus use, including those services
publically funded by Merseytravel, and what might make them use buses more.
A Merseytravel spokesperson said:-
"Following feedback from the public at the initial consultation stage and
further discussions with councillors and bus operators, a decision has been
taken to delay the implementation of the Sefton Bus Network Review. This will
allow for further time to assess the consultation findings. The proposals will
now be published at a later date for people to be able to give their views. As a
result the original start date for the changes to be implemented has been moved
from January 2017 to April 2017. The 2 planned drop in events are still taking
place and members of the public will be able to speak to Merseytravel staff
about how they use the bus network and what might encourage them to use the
Sefton is the third area to be reviewed as part of a wider review of the whole
Liverpool City Region bus network which began in May this year.
Historically bus routes have been considered on a piecemeal basis and the idea
is to consider the commercial network and the supported network; that which
relies on public subsidy via Merseytravel; as a whole for the first time to
ensure it best reflects current working and living patterns, new developments
and how they are served.
This is 1 of the 1st undertakings of the Bus Alliance, a formal partnership
with operators Arriva and Stagecoach, with the aim of transforming bus services
to encourage more people to take the bus. However, bus reviews involve all bus
Part of the review has been looking at the current supported bus network and
considering how increasingly limited public resources can be focussed where
there is most need.
Impacts of changes have been mitigated by re-routing or extending existing
commercial services where possible to negate the need for a service supported by
To make the network easier to understand there are also plans to make the
evening network to reflect the daytime services both in route and number. The
proposals endeavour to ensure that everyone is within reasonable distance of a
The proposed changes would come into effect in January 2017.
Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel said:- "The input we had from
Sefton residents on their patterns of bus use and what would get them to use it
more has been extremely helpful and insightful. We now want comments on these
detailed proposals before we finalise the plans.
Through these bus network reviews, we've worked hard with bus operators in
re-scoping the network and believe the proposals will offer a network that is
clearer, simpler and with some real benefits for the people of Sefton.
We recognise that there may be some proposed changes that don't suit everybody
with some people having to walk further to catch a bus, but we've been looking
at how we can best meet people's needs within budget constraints due to
government spending cuts.
This is us continuing to work innovatively through the Bus Alliance when other
areas outside the Liverpool City Region, due to budget pressures, are seeing
some communities left without any Bus Services."
The Bus Alliance is an agreement between Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach to
improve bus travel for people across the Liverpool City Region. In time, it is
hoped that other bus operators will join the Alliance.
The Alliance's ambition is for a thriving, affordable and sustainable bus
network that offers the customer a value for money and hassle free journey
experience; leading to an increase in fare paying passengers. It will look at
creating simpler networks and fare structures to more investment in the buses
themselves. Encouraging more people to travel by bus drives investment and means
less reliance on the public purse.
Key work areas include:-
► A review of the City Region bus network.
► Investment in new and greener vehicles.
► On board Wi-Fi and at seat USB charging points on all new vehicles.
► Improved bus links to and from John Lennon Airport.
► Streamlined service changes to make bus services more stable.
► Simpler ticketing and a review of zonal structures and pricing.
► Review of all customer information including more accurate Real Time
► Better integration of bus and rail services.
► Improved Customer Service training for all bus drivers.
So what are your views on this? Please also let us know via
emailing our newsroom via:-
High flying display added to
A special high flying fireworks
formation has been added to the free, brand new bonfire night event on the
'River of Light' takes place on Saturday, 5 November 2016, and sees Liverpool and Wirral
join forces to stage a firework spectacular on the River Mersey.
Joining the already packed line up, are the Twister Aerobatic Team who are
renowned for their 'heart in the mouth' aerial performances which will see
pyrotechnic effects stream from the wings of each of the 2 Silence Twister
They will wow the thousands expected to line both sides of the Mersey from
Star Fireworks, one of the most successful and experienced firework display
companies in Europe and the current British Fireworks Champion of Champions, are
delivering the show. Andy Hubble the company's MD said:- "We're delighted
to be able to announce that the Twister Aerobatic Team are part of
'River of Light.'
I've worked with them on many occasions and wherever they perform, the reaction
from the crowds when they see the skill and talent of the team on display is
We've enjoyed working with Liverpool and Wirral councils to stage this brand new
event and I hope as many people as possible head to the waterfront to enjoy this
Providing the bespoke soundtrack to the evening will be official media partner
Radio City 96.7 which will broadcast River of Light live on air and online via
their media player. The webcam from the top of the Radio City tower will also be
streaming the display live on the Radio City website for those who can't make it
on the night. It will also be available via their free Radio City app.
Chris Rick, Radio City's Content Director, said:- "Seeing the skyline
above the Mersey illuminated in a rainbow of colours will be a sight to behold.
There's nothing more magical than watching a firework display, that is unless
you do it to music! Seeing the fireworks go off in rhythm to the music on Radio
City with make it a Fifth of November to remember."
The running order of the evening is as follows:-
► 4pm – Build up begins with Bring The Fire street entertainment at Albert Dock
Salthouse Quay, Mann Island, Princes Parade and Hamilton Square/Woodside Ferry
Terminal in Wirral.
► 4.40pm – Twister Aerobatic Team takes to the skies for approximately 10
► 5.30pm to approx. 6.15pm – Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak, a group of
world renowned drummers will parade from Liverpool Town Hall in a spectacular
fusion of percussion and pyrotechnics.
► 6.30pm – Mid-River fireworks display begins.
► 6.50pm – Show ends.
Liverpool's Assistant Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "There is a real buzz around this weekend
and it's great to see people embrace this new, family friendly event.
When it comes to our events, we always like to push the boundaries and go above
and beyond what audiences expect; and I think, a group of drummers with sparks
and pyrotechnics flying from them, planes which will light up the sky over the
Mersey and of course a mid river fireworks display does just that! It is set to
be an unforgettable evening and I encourage as many people as possible to head
to both Liverpool and Wirral waterfronts and enjoy the sizzling sights on
Please note, there will be no official fireworks displays taking place in Sefton
or Newsham Park.
Merseyrail is the easiest way to get to the event on both sides of the Mersey,
with stations at New Brighton and Hamilton Square for the Wirral waterfront and
Liverpool Central or James Street for the Liverpool waterfront. Trains run
frequently across Merseyside and tickets start from just £1.80. Plan your
journey at:- MerseyRail.Org.
► For the latest information about the event visit:-
RiverOfLightFireworks.Co.UK. To access a
Google Map of the site click on
► Those attending the event are asked not to bring their own fireworks, sparklers
or Chinese lanterns.
► People attending are also asked not to bring dogs to the display.
The City Council is working closely with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and
Merseyside Police to ensure people enjoy 5 November safely and reduce the
problems which can be associated with this time of year.
The Twister Aerobatic Team's display is subject to weather conditions and their
involvement in 'River of Light' could change.
The performance of the drummers is part of the Global Streets Strategic Touring
Programme which is supported by Arts Council England.